lobster

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lobster (1)

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From Middle English lopster (lobster), from Old English loppestre (lobster, spider-like creature), believed to be a corruption of Latin locusta (lobster, locust) + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre; or from Old English lobbe, loppe (spider) + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre, equivalent to lop +‎ -ster. More at lop.

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lobster (comparative more lobster, superlative most lobster)

  1. red-colored, especially from a sunburn.

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lobster (countable and uncountable, plural lobsters)

  1. A crustacean of the Nephropidae family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.
  2. A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.
  3. (historical) A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
  4. (slang) An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.

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lobster (third-person singular simple present lobsters, present participle lobstering, simple past and past participle lobstered)

  1. To fish for lobsters.

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